zithromax crestor i accidently took levitra and im a woman flagyl etken madde villa allegra townhomes iv metronidazole infusion rate in dogs can you take allegra and advil at the same time asylum-booksandgames.com zyprexa counter drugs bupropion uk clomid boots uk buy aldactone oral suspension uso de ivermectina en husky siberiano iheartjonahbees.net side effects of coming off paxil cr napachamberfoundation.com hopemedicaleducation.com what does metronidazole suspension 125mg do cialis soft chew 20 mg shelf life feldene 20 mg capsules cymbalta 60 yan etkileri albuterol nebulizer price drug withdrawal antidepressants cytotec di makassar njxdxx.com buspirone hydrochloride street name wholesale viagra from canada a3boeken.nl augmentin per cani hywt.com how much does neurontin 800 mg sale on the streets will furosemide help you pass a drug test for vicodin nicetouristanbul.com is amoxicillin over the counter in the uk abilify pharmacy assistance fosamax d 600 newhollandcommunications.de bahaya roaccutane lioresal how long to work hywt.com can i take keflex if allergic to sulfa internationalintellectualproperty.org amlodipine besylate 10 mg tablet prednisone and inability to sleep prednisone dosing schedule for poison ivy accutane day 91 glucophage ldl goedkoopste kamagra pillen tetracycline during pregnancy teeth can fluconazole treat yeast infection homemade antidote for viagra smith-jennings.com mkvisio.pl can viagra 100 mg and livetra be mix amoxicillin 125 5ml s dog gets puffy from prednisone sildenafil and weight leobakx.com rogaine vs. nioxin vs propecia orlistat 120mg ship to uk more about cialis ricambi lavastoviglie smeg allegra prozac 80 mg reviews how long does levofloxacin affect birth control magnesium cure for ciprofloxacin poisoning quetiapine fumarate dementia agitation levofloxacin and hallucinations paroxetine withdrawal and insomnia long term atomoxetine herg cheap antibiotic like amoxicillin cheapest viagra prices canada augmentin 875 mg and alcohol ondansetron 4 mg disintegrating good for pregnancy do they make generic cymbalta hlahlaaung.com can someone take clomid with vitamin e for 6 days cialis alka seltzer eeroaarnio.cz what is the discharge while taking metronidazole how long does 1 viagra stay in your system cialis uk sales meaning of reinvigorate in telugu cytotec 800 mcg z pack and albuterol prozac zoloft paxil and celexa all treat depression by kamagra leeds yorkshire doxycycline hyclate acne puffy eyes bactrim paed susp for cats accutane ruined tinidazole pediatric buy acyclovir online uk propranolol 10 mg for headaches spironolactone immunosuppressant nightanddaysoireeanimation.com reviews on strattera and lexapro ketoconazole nih millteksport.pl esomeprazole sodium msds netzwerk.arche-noah.at jethroshouse.co.uk delfia estradiol kit cyproheptadine diarrhea do i need a prescription for acyclovir in south africa does wellbutrin counteract adderall hopemedicaleducation.com ganeric viagra india charis247.org generic cialis mastercard viagra in assam trazodone and levothyroxine where to get xenical in pattaya lecitina soja tamoxifeno metro2034.pl augmentin a stomaco vuoto in gravidanza ile-au-tresor.net praha1online.cz alisongreenwoodphotography.com with food or no azithromycin suspension for cat harelitasarim.com tetracycline operon wiki viagra generic at walmart ketoconazole cream price in india success in second round of clomid allegra printing douglasville zyprexa zydis dispersible seroquel cdl afekchess.com side effects from 800 mg antibiotic obat levofloxacin untuk otitis skincare specialist for men in bangalore ip4b.de xeloda 500 mg prices clumpy white discharge on metronidazole vaginal gel cialis lichen cytotec 200 mcq compesse ciprofloxacino y flagyl ciproxine et dafalgan imwithpete.net all names for metformin how much does prometrium 200 mg cost propecia erezioni mattutine miriamandtom.com strattera bad reaction clomid to buy genuine cytotec 9 semanas ketoconazole bulldog what happens when you take augmentin and alcohol bupropion xl metabolism is synthroid a t4 cutting up viagra ampicilline tetracycline efectos inmediatos del viagra terbinafine trade name india can you buy viagra in morocco puncture wound foot cipro myexactamundo.com stomach ache while on clomid adv-re.com hastings-print.co.uk nortriptyline atypical odontalgia herbal viagra poppers are there different types of ventolin medievalcostumesandgifts.com amlodipine impurity d msds hydrochlorothiazide hair loss tonic water and warfarin viagra lml viagra store los angeles lexapro anxiety relief clorhidrato ciprofloxacino tabletas come prendere il cytotec per abortire is azithromycin a prescription im-still-learning.com prednisone eyedrops dogs michellestockman.com de cuantos miligr existen pastillas atarax anaheimangelsjersey.com dexamethasone 500mcg tabs ulm poa initiativemobileinsights.com monograph of metoprolol succinate structure levocetrizine with montelukast over fose in kids cymbalta making me hyper small girls fucked by old man after taking viagra is tylenol safer than celebrex difference between clomid and metformin verapamil 240 mg er capsules side effects shampoo with finasteride sildenafil for pulmonary hypertension in women pdr adalat augmentin 625 price in dubai vitamin b12 deficiency caused by metformin alternative zu aciclovir mehmetaliguven.com bactrim for uti treatment how long chen-liu.com buea.net glucophage xr vs fortamet flagyl makes me nauseous difference between metoprolol and amlodipine clomid and metformin for pcos tadalafil reference standard topamax price brand walgreens jinlongcheng.net cialis tratamiento impotencia amlodipine pancreatitis smith-jennings.com harga albuterol inhaler internetowe-szkolenia.pl michaelgahler.de does estradiol cause back pain ciprofloxacin treatment for cellulitis jual levitra please can flagyl tablet reduce or cure staphylococcus augmentin motility albuterol and dogs ile-au-tresor.net stent thrombosis in a clopidogrel non responder neurontin 600 efectos secundarios linezolid vs vancomycin in bacteremias afekchess.com indian cost of zovirax 400 mg tablets azithromycin loss of hearing use if ciprolex tz viagra tablets rates where can i buy antibiotics without a prescription doxycycline blowen viagra dla zdrowych synthroid and liver cleanse why do men take viagra when not needed viagra express shipping what aldactone is used for hnsuresh.com ofloxacin szemcsepp better for hives zyrtec or allegra can u take paxil cr and mucinex d atorvastatin lactone preparation orlistat und abf?hrmittel augmentin 457 medicine for what element essential for activity of thyroxine teratogenic effects of tetracycline on babies pdf valacyclovir chlorzoxazone methocarbamol 500 mg reviews what is xenical tablets medicosefectivos.net cipro to treat cystitis doxycycline for sale china lipitor side effects dreams ventolin england viagra wassermelone indicatifs-telephoniques.net fosamax 70 mg free thyroxine levels pregnancy blackisbusiness.info nifedical and impotence adalat dheeraj kumar does augmentin treat a sinus infection purchase citalopram streetstylesinfo.com what happens when you miss a dose of seroquel napachamberfoundation.com combonation of methadone klonopin paxil and elavil clomid mutuabile efecte viagra acupuncturecurespain.com houseontheisland.com erythromycin ointment cost buy viagra online classified ad misoprostol with no bleeding zyprexa 2.5 maintenance dosage metformin and black cohosh hopemedicaleducation.com zidane viagra plavix purchase online blue cross not covering viagra para que sirve el ciprojan medicamento clomid timing intercourse mipcperu.com misoprostol comprar bh spearsecurity.com metoprolol succinate withdrawal florida-info.cz how much are cytotec in south africa prednisone and angina indicatifs-telephoniques.net inderal 10 mg effectiveness amoxicillin rash in adults azithromycin tablets manufacturer in europe seroquel 50 mg rilascio prolungato ciprofloxacin brand name effective for uti philippines bisenconsulting.com mycoplasma pneumoniae doxycycline resistance prometrium 400mg oral 7 days jual viagra di palembang clomid start day 3 or 5 lamisil crema precio peru 4 mg zofran while pregnant kamagra first time to use hopemedicaleducation.com how many atenolol does it take to overdose satterfieldusa.com novo cyproterone ethinyl estradiol tablets najlepszykredytmieszkaniowy.com.pl levofloxacin substitute can doxycycline cause nerve pain how long do side effects from paxil last gabapentin 300 mg pain relief viagra tablets offers cytotec apres mifegyne irontownmodular.com warfarin australia metoprolol aflutter femara nursing implications tinidazole monograph most common lexapro dose cialis congestion robaxin with vicodin metoprolol succinate indication for left bundle block ile-au-tresor.net escitalopram x venlafaxina novaisi.com metronidazole oral price compare walgreens forum wartezimmer cialis nebenwirkung singulair price without insurance lasix peak effect in dogs cipro red rash metronidazole medicine for cats aciclovir no herpes genital momandfitness.com hydrochlorothiazide 24 mg street worth how to get high off of tamsulosin hcl usos terapeuticos del viagra bupropion appetite suppressant sildenafil citrate and nitrates propecia after 2 years why does zoloft increased appetite buspar reviews weight gain does dutasteride comes in 2.5mg. pill doses schema tratament cialis 300 mcg thyroxine outlet.cz can jock itch be cured by zithromax how long does it take buspirone 5mg to work nlpcloud.net does viagra keep you hard online remedio paxil cr healthylifestyleart.com florida-info.cz phenergan for babies sleep famciclovir bp prednisone 5 mg tablet sarasotacojail.com why is cialis so expensive at the farmacy prescription renewalviagrapaypal kamagra 100mg oral jelly kupi vo makedonija zocor plavix myexactamundo.com wellbutrin with adderall xr arinijayapress.com seroquel fda label skin test for ampicillin clomid side effects in men lisinopril patient ratings what does bactrim antibiotics treat sildenafil aus indien bupkoeln.de orlistat junto con metformina metronidazole and a little alcohol india and viagra men ivermectina gatto ketoconazole overdose dogs id-protect.org topamax 50 mg side effects celebrex side effects erectile dysfunction cutting viagra pills in half side effects bactrim antibiotics with tylenol prazosin street vaule 40 years old taking clomid drinking on 10mg of accutane sintomas despues de tomar serophene hollisterlancasterlaw.com cialis bph insurance coverage cephalexin plus 205 vigora 100 mg price ofloxacin octacin naravna viagra brez recepta lekarna cipla viagra name xenical ceneo metformin 500 and levothyroxine feldene fiale uso nel cane qual o efeito do remedio cloridrato de ciprofloxacino can you give a dog phenergan to go to sleep viagra spray for men available in pakistan hopemedicalinstitute.org informatyk-szczecin.com.pl lamisil solo hinta ampicillin 500 mg tri benh gi akathisia after stop taking celexa drinking alcohol on latuda and antidepressants albuterol bipolar myexactamundo.com abilify guercmorteo online where i buy viagra in mumbai bemylight.org buying 5 cent generic herbal viagra peluang hamil dengan clomid gabapentin and dress mehmetaliguven.com cerisdieventi.com charis247.org 100mg doxycycline wound pengalaman ml pake cialis harga obat lipitor how long does strattera stay in urine mixing metronidazole fish food millteksport.pl bisoprolol 5 and lisinopril5 used together iheartjonahbees.net meloxicam dose in mice kopen van cialis hywt.com indicatifs-telephoniques.net levofloxacin substitute in india nijkerkerveen.com viagra fast no prescription required nijkerkerveen.com nicetouristanbul.com post accutane joint pain nebenwirkungen beim absetzen von metoprolol can take fioricet and gabapentin 300mg together resistance au bactrim el atarax se toma para dormir dapoxetine for sale online voltaren 100 mg mit novalgin que sintomas tiene la pastilla cytotec will i lose weight with glucophage allegra 180 side effects does flagyl affect period valacyclovir 1 gm tablets amoxicillin bei grippalem infekt momandfitness.com zovirax 500mg injection gsk india rate heartsdirect.co.uk henrycavillfan.org hellogather.co.uk best company for orlistat in inda celticdan.com cost of decadron eyedrops in rsa can i take prednisone and cough medicine prednisone 5 mg for 3 days cipro urine drug test is propranolol a benzo mister-button.de metoprolol succinate er tabs amlodipine titration topiramate respiratory syncope zlobeklesneskrzaty.pl celecoxib sulfa allergy happydeal4u.com woman ingests viagra how does albuterol work to open the lung bronchioles can seroquel 25 mg cause major side effect cost of cialis in turkey generic name for zovirax mooboos.com escitalopram gotas medievalcostumesandgifts.com vendo medicamento plavix clopidogrel 75 mg artcontact.ge levitra cheap online viagra als z?pfchen drug class for inderal iheartjonahbees.net myghsy.com cephalexin suspension for dogs can a female get cialis prescription for partner hillsboroughcountyfair.com any difference between prilosec and nexium can you buy terbinafine over the counter long term prednisone use in dogs side effects strattera support service buy amoxicillin eu baclofen treatment for alcoholism ventolin savings quetiapine and kidney dachrinne.org ventolin sciroppo per bambini some brands of clopidogrel taste horrible lamisil cream price in india uk costco levaquin cost augmentin allergy rash treatment anulette cd y levonorgestrel etinilestradiol microdosis propecia health express pill viagra physical properties of ondansetron hcl internetowe-szkolenia.pl metformin and crestor interaction viagra sildenafil 100mg tablets niaspan and lipitor interactions mobic street price watseco.com flagyl sa sore throat viagra filagra

Celebrating Advent as a Family

For families longing to build Catholic traditions, few times of the year hold greater promise than the liturgical season of Advent.
by Lisa M. Hendey | Source: Catholic.net
For families longing to build Catholic traditions, few times of the year hold greater promise than the liturgical season of Advent. The sites and sounds of the holidays fill the air around us as we communally anticipate the glory and majesty of Christmas. Beginning with the First Sunday of Advent, Catholic families have the opportunity to share the treasures of our faith with our children in prayer, symbolism and song.

Meredith Gould, author of The Catholic Home: Celebrations and Traditions for Holidays, Feast Days, and Every Day (Doubleday, February 2004, hardcover, 256 pages), writes on the customs and rituals of Catholic culture. A recent convert to Catholicism, Gould shares the following advice for families looking to truly rejoice in the season of Advent with their loved ones.

Q: Why is it important for Catholic families to observe and celebrate the liturgical season of Advent?

Gould: Advent is not "pre-Christmas." It’s a separate, distinct, important liturgical season that deserves the same attention and reverence as Lent. Like Lent, it’s a penitential season where we have yet another opportunity to recall, reflect, recollect, and reconcile. During Advent, we do this within the context of watchful waiting for the birth of Jesus.

We also have an opportunity to contemplate the vast meaning of Mary’s "yes." I think this is particularly important given our general cultural resistance to obedience, along with our need, as women, to balance saying "yes" with saying "no."

Advent is a season of discernment. I love it! And I love that living in the northeast means that I get to do this in rhythm with days that are shorter and colder, thus amenable to hibernation.

Q: For families who have no tradition of celebrating Advent, what are some simple traditions and rituals you would recommend?

Gould: Definitely start simple, perhaps adding a new tradition or ritual every year. The easiest one to start with is the Advent wreath, especially because it’s a home-based tradition that everyone can see practiced in church as well. [Gould’s book describes the meaning and significance of the symbolism and colors, enriching the practice.]

The Advent calendar is also very easy to incorporate. Here I make a big deal (read: stink) about finding a calendar that has doors that open onto scripture and religious art. I think Advent calendars with Santa and secular nonsense (e.g., reindeer) are an abomination…and you may quote me!!!

The Jesse Tree is a bit more elaborate and labor intensive, but is a wonderful way to teach salvation history and offset the mania around decorating a Christmas tree within 20 minutes of digesting Thanksgiving turkey n' trimmings.

Q: What are some of your family's favorite Advent traditions?

Gould: I was raised Jewish, so I have the blessing of being able to come to this season without preconceived notions of what has to happen.

Today, I fill my home with the sights, scents, and sounds (including hefty periods of silence) of the season: Candles, different renditions of "O come, O come, Emmanuel" (O Antiphons!), frankincense & myrrh incense. Whatever wreaths or garland I have is left undecorated until Christmas Vigil. I move my Mary paraphernalia (icons, etc.) front and center in my living room, kitchen, bedroom, and office. I invite friends for a light soup n' bread supper to craft ornaments. I believe adults are better able to convey wonder and mystery when *we* feel it ourselves.

I also, I confess, have the Three Kings from my Nativity Scene travel from the nether reaches of my home to the crèche. I'm opposed to having the whole thing set up before Christmas Vigil...Mary and baby Jesus should not make an appearance before midnight. Aren't converts annoying???

I think it’s important for readers to know that we Catholics hail from a religion that celebrates God’s creation and presence in all things, so that décor actually has meaning. As Fr. Andrew Greeley writes in The Catholic Imagination, "As a rule of thumb, if there are no votive candles it, a church really isn’t Catholic."

Q: How can observing the season of Advent enhance a family's Christmas celebration?

Gould: I encourage people to observe Advent as a way to heighten their appreciation for Christmas. Watchful waiting gives way to delighted awe at the birth of Jesus. I think it’s also a great way to instill (in children and adults) an appreciation for the value of cultivating patience. We move way too fast in this society. We're too often ahead of ourselves. Even Catholics need to learn how to "be here now" and Advent is a pretty powerful "now."

Q: What recommendations would you give for parents who would like to emphasize the spiritual celebration of the holiday season over material celebrations?

Gould: Well, the forces of culture are so strong it’s a major challenge for parents to push this back. But I think key to this is having parents understand the true nature of Advent. I think this is a necessary first step. I also think parents ought to reestablish their authority within the domestic church. I'm truly shocked by the ways parents cave in to their childrens' demands. (Easy for me to say? I guess.)

Basically, my recommendations boiled down to: 1) Make sure *you* understand the spiritual nature of the season so you can convey that to your kids; 2) Make sure your kids understand that *you* are in charge of the home/domestic church.

With the beginning of Advent, we welcome a new liturgical year. Why not begin this new Church year with the resolution to grasp hold of each occasion to share your Catholicity with your children? By building family traditions related to the season of Advent, we teach them what is truly special about Christmas, ensuring precious memories they will one day share with their own children. 

On the Net
For additional information on The Catholic Home visit

For activities, crafts and devotions related to the season of Advent, visit www.catholicmom.com/advent.htm

Lisa M. Hendey is a mother of two sons, webmaster of numerous web sites, including www.catholicmom.com and www.christiancoloring.com, and an avid reader of Catholic fiction and non-fiction. 

Click Here to Donate Now!

Join the new media evangelization. Your tax-deductible gift allows Catholic.net to build a culture of life in our nation and throughout the world. Please help us promote the Church's new evangelization by donating to Catholic.net right now. God bless you for your generosity.




Post a Comment
Write a comment on this article

Email required (will not be published)
required Country

Most Popular